A Real Estate Agent can help make the selling process stress free
Selling your house can seem scary, even when it means you are starting fresh. For anyone planning to sell their home soon, the right real estate agent can make selling your home a little less stressful – and prepare you for moving into a new place!
1) Work with someone who knows what they’re doing.
Working with a real estate agent, who knows the housing market, can be incredibly valuable. It’s useful to speak with someone who understands the housing market and can help you make your home the best it can be, and it has the advantage of taking a lot of work and stress off of your shoulders than if you had to do it all by yourself.
2) Change your perspective.
What would you like to see in a home as the buyer? What do you find welcoming in a home? What do you see as a deal-breaker for why you wouldn’t buy a place? Take into consideration how strangers coming into your home would feel so that you can know what to expect from the perspective of potential buyers, and so that you can make appropriate and necessary changes to your home from there. Here, your real estate agent may be able to offer some advice.
3) Enlist help.
This is tied to number two, Change your perspective. Maybe the only thing that your home really needs is a good paint job and some tidying up. In that case, it’s handy to speak with your friends, family or your real estate agent. If someone you know loves to paint, ask them to help you with that big job. This can be a fun way to spend time together during the busy period of selling your home, and the result will be freshly-painted walls appealing to potential buyers in any type of housing market.
4) Think ahead and prepare for the future.
Do you already have a new home lined up? Are you still searching the housing market with your real estate agent? It pays to have an idea of when you would like to move out. Get your boxes and arrange for the movers so that you are well-prepared in advance for getting out of the home in a timely fashion rather than in a rush. You can even pack up some smaller things to make your home appear less cluttered (and thus more visually appealing for potential buyers), which will help you in case there ends up being a fast turnover for moving.
5) Devote enough time to this experience.
If you are trying to sell your home, plan a wedding, and make a major career transition all at the same time, it’s going to be very difficult to not be stressed out! We don’t always have the luxury of taking time off work or planning far in advance before we enter the housing market, but if you do, it is definitely going to benefit you to ensure you have time set aside to work with your real estate agent, beautify your home, and make the necessary transactions and fill in the paperwork.
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. She enjoys taking in the theatre and art culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.
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